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Old 06-23-2010, 10:05 PM   #1
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I'm tired of trying to search for a good quality small vacuum for our fifth. We don't have central vac in it (thank god) but carrying my Dyson back and forth (much less finding a place to store it) is not desirable. Does anyone have a small upright or canister that does a really good job with dirt and PET HAIR? It also should be inexpensive like under 120 bucks. kkd
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Old 06-23-2010, 10:13 PM   #2
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Have used a small Sears cannister type for several years now. Does the job quite well and is easy to srow under the bed
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:32 AM   #3
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I bought my wife_and I, a Dirt Devil canister type with a power carpet head 2 days after we got our new 5er. It does an excellent job. I just bought her,at her request, a Dirt Devil Classic, hand-held, which does just as good a job as the canister. It is much more convenient to use in tight spaces and up high, but requires crawling around to clean the carpet.
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Old 06-24-2010, 01:35 AM   #4
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Oreck has a small one that I have heard is good, however, it is pricey. That's why I havent bought one, $168.

ORECK Compact Vacuum : Portable Vacuums : C&H Distributors

Another reason is that I think that it would be important to have one capable of wet/dry in case you need to pick up some water or dry something out while on the road. Wet\Dry vacs are also good for heavy dirt removal. I used my shop vac once to remove loose dirt from the bottom of a post hole so I could re-set the post.
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Old 06-24-2010, 09:14 AM   #5
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I like the idea of a wet/dry vac. Never know when the dogs spill the water bottle or you develop a leak during a rain storm. Guess I'll widen the search area. kkd
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:02 AM   #6
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After trying many brands we use the Eureka 160 series vacuum cleaner. It is light weight and has a power head and is about the size of a dust buster. It does a great job on pet hair, dirt and dust, anything you can think of. It is an amazing vacuum and well worth the money. Check eureka.com.
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Old 06-24-2010, 10:20 AM   #7
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A few months ago we bought a Shark (~$50 at Buy.com) figuring it was going to rattle around in the bay and we wouldn't lose much if we had to replace it. My wife likes it enough that she bought another for home about two weeks after we got the first one. She no longer uses her high $ vacuum. The Shark is weird looking, but is great at getting into small places and picks up Papillon hair well!
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We have tried three different vacs including a Eureka Whirlwind and a Shark. None of them worked very well in our opinion.
A while back I took the Eureka into a vacuum sales and repair shop and told him I wanted something a lot better and still small since it was for a motor home. He tested the suction and the airflow on the Eureka (said the airflow is more important than the suction) and came up with a Super Fastvac 500 Vacuum made by Schneider Industries in California. It has 85 inches of water lift and 115 cubic feet of airflow. That was over twice what the Eureka had and over three times what the Shark had. It's pricey (list is $199) I paid about $130 for it - but it does a heck of a job. I also bought a vacuum powered carpet brush head that cost another $38 and unlike the one that came with the Shark, it is hard to slow down.
It's small: Weight = 4.5 pounds, Dimensions =7x12.5x4.5 but powerful and comes with the usual attachments plus attachments for cleaning computer keyboards and the like. Those work great on the motor home dash.
Vacuum shops carry them but I haven't seen them at the mass merchandisers like Target or Walmart.
The web site is HERE if you are interested.

I posted this a while back and two people bought one from the web site for less than a hundred dollars. I don't know if that was a special sale or not.
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We don't have central vac in it (thank god) but carrying my Dyson back and forth (much less finding a place to store it) is not desirable.
Why would you not want a central vac??? We have one in our coach and Martha loves it.
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Great little vac...

We wanted a small canister vac that had a lot of power. $68.00
Follow this link to amazon and read all the great reviews:

Amazon.com: Eureka 3670G Boss Mighty Mite Canister Vacuum Cleaner: Kitchen &…
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I can't get your link to work, comes back "page not found". A Google search seems to indicate this product is no longer made.
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Clay L...

Your link didnt work for me, but this one should:

http://www.sivacs.com/ProductDetails...tCode=500%2DFV

Super FastVac 500 looks like a nice size, and very similiar to the portable Oreck.
It would be interesting to compare the specs of each.

Still thinking that a Wet/Dry might be important, I think I will start another thread with MotorHome Vacumms as the topic.

I, also, was wondering what was wrong with the built in vac systems, since many seem to have them and I havent seen any complaints.

To me, the drawback would be that it wouldnt be available to vac the toad or maybe the basement area, or the golf cart, in my case.
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I can't get your link to work, comes back "page not found". A Google search seems to indicate this product is no longer made.
Yeah the link is dead but the new one is here http://www.sivacs.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=1

I hadn't checked it in while and didn't realize it was gone.
Looks like the price has dropped quite a bit also.
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Old 06-24-2010, 05:49 PM   #14
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Tire of looking

My wife and I bought a very small shop vac, we also needed to buy the additional pieces. The vac was a $24.00 and the wand was $11, The vac is now on sale for $19.00 My luck. We have been very happy with it,
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